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February 2011



Dear Fellow BTC Members,

Thanks to an active Board of Directors - and many of you - the Big Ten Club of Southern California remains an active and vibrant one. Please take a few minutes to read the February newsletter and learn about several exciting Club events that the Board is now working on to offer our members (i.e., you!).

One event that you won't want to miss is a special screening of the movie Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon, March 13 featuring special guest Maris Valainis, who in the movie played Jimmy Chitwood (who makes the winning shot at the end of the movie). Considered one of the best sports movies of all time, this event will be a great way to kick off March Madness while celebrating this great movie. Register here.  

The January newsletter announced the date of Wednesday, April 13 for the annual Person of the Year Dinner with Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Studies. Prior to her appointment at Paramount, she served as president of 20th Century Fox and was the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. During her highly successful tenure at Paramount from 1992-2005, she oversaw the production and release of such hits as Forrest Gump, Braveheart and the highest grossing movie of all time, Titantic. Now as head of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, formed in 2005, she leads an organization dedicated to cancer research and public education. Register here.  

Until March 1, registration will be limited only to Big Ten Club members and their guests but, after that date, the dinner will be opened up to non-Club members.

Registration is now live for our annual service project at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank on Saturday, March 26. Co-sponsored with the Northwestern University Club of Los Angeles, this is a great way for the Club to advance our good name in Los Angeles while also helping to 'give back' to the Los Angeles community. Register here

As always, make sure to check this website for the latest Club news and happenings. And should you have any thoughts or ideas to share with me, please contact me at 626.334.5676 (home) or email

We look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming Club event!

Go Big Ten!


Jim Jacobs
Northwestern (B.S.)
Wisconsin (M.S.)  


3/13HOOSIERS Special ScreeningAMC Criterion Theater / Santa MonicaMarch Madness Kickoff, Jimmy Chitwood Q&A, 25th Anniversary
3/21Officer MeetingConference CallExecutive Committee Members
3/26 Community Service Project Los Angeles Regional Foodbank Volunteer a Saturday morning to package food for the needy 
 3/29Board Meeting     Billingsley's Steak House / West Los AngelesDirectors / Past Presidents
and Club members
 4/13Person of the Year DinnerTournament of Roses - Wrigley Mansion Honoring Sherry Lansing - former CEO Paramount Studios 
 7/30Michael Feinstein & TV Stars Live at the Bowl Hollywood BowlA dazzling parade of classic & popular American songs sung by favorite TV stars of all time

HOOSIERS Special 25th Anniversary Screening with Jimmy Chitwood

Sunday, March 13th, 2011 from 3 pm – 7:30 pm (PT)
AMC’s Criterion Theater
1313 3rd Street Promenade 
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Join us Sunday March 13th for a special 25th anniversary screening of the basketball cinema classic Hoosiers.  The evening will also be topped off with a Q&A session from the film’s game winning star Jimmy Chitwood (Maris Valainas).  Proceeds from this event will go to the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Boyle Heights for a new gymnasium.

The afternoon consists of the following activities:

  • 3:00pm - CBS March Madness Selection Show viewing at Yankee Doodles on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica
  • 4:30pm - Q & A program with Maris Valainas, aka Jimmy Chitwood at Criterion Theater on 3rd Street Promenade
  • 5:00pm - HOOSIERS special movie screening 
  • 7:30pm - Event ends

Don’t miss your chance for a fun filled family friendly Sunday afternoon.  RSVP HERE.


Saturday, March 26th, 2011 from 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM (PT)
Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
1734 East 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 

We have fun. We do good. We'd love you to volunteer with us Saturday morning, March 26th, for our Club's annual community service project at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. Please RSVP by 3/20. 

Our goal is to have 50 Big Ten friends to volunteer. The Foodbank is a non-profit organization that solicits, stores and distributes donated food and grocery projects to charitable agencies throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. 

As we've done in past years, we'll sort, clean and repackage donated items for a morning under the direction of the Foodbank staff and then, if there's interest, we'll head off to lunch at a local restaurant. This is always a rewarding event to participate in, it's free, and you will receive good karma for another year. 

Please note: the minimum age to volunteer is 14. 
  • Make a positive difference for our Los Angeles community 
  • It's really not horrible work...some even claim it to be fun 
  • Meet other good looking and smart Big Ten alumni 
  • Advance the good name of the Big Ten Club of Southern California 
Co-Sponsored by the Northwestern University Club of Los Angeles. RSVP HERE
Questions? Jim Jacobs, Big Ten Club Vice President (NU) at or call him at 626.334.5676 (home)

Person of the Year Dinner Honoring Sherry Lansing - former CEO Paramount Studios

April 13, 2011 - Tournament House, Pasadena

Northwestern alumna Sherry Lansing is a former actress and American film studio executive. In 1984, she was the first woman to head a major film studio when she was named president of 20th Century Fox. Later, as an independent producer, she was responsible for such successful films as Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal and The Accused. She returned to the executive ranks in 1992 when she was appointed head of Paramount Studios, and during her highly successful 12-year tenure oversaw such hits as Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic, the highest grossing movie of all time! 

In 1996, she became the first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2005, became the first woman studio head to place her hand and foot prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater. In 2001 Ladies Home Journal named her one of the 30 most powerful women in America. 

Her immense talents and energies are now devoted to the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research and supporting public education, art and culture. Stand Up To Cancer and the EnCorps Teachers Programs are just two of the foundations initiatives, benefitting our local communities. 

Sherry is married to the director William Friedkin, who won an Academy Award for The French Connection, and has directed over 30 other movies including The Exorcist, Rules of Engagement and The Hunted. 

The Club is also delighted that Len Roth (Michigan State), a former Big Ten Club president and long-time volunteer, will be recognized with our Member of the Year Award. Len has served the club well for many years and this will give us the opportunity to say an official thanks to him for all that he has done. 

Until March 1, only BTC members will be able to register. After March 1, the dinner will be open to non-club members and may quickly sell-out so we encourage you to register now.

SAVE THE DATE - July 30, 2011

Big Ten Outing to the Hollywood Bowl - 8:30 pm

Featuring Michael Feinstein and television stars Dick Van Dyke, Florence Henderson (of the Brady Bunch), Vanessa Williams, Cheyenne Jackson, and others

Big Ten Club Contact Cards - Now Available

Big Ten Club Members -- We printed brand new Club business cards for our members to have and pass out to interested parties and prospective members.  We also established a permanent BTC mailing address and phone number for contacts.  Besides welcoming our newest Nebraska members, these cards are excellent for chance meetings and to get people interested in the Big Ten Club.  Send an email with your mailing address to and we'll send you us spread the good word about the Big Ten Club!!!!

Big Ten Club Website – Help Wanted

Our Webmaster Steven Green will be President next year, and he'll have plenty to do for the Club.  We are thinking of redoing the website and asking for a volunteer who can add content regularly and keep it updated.  This is a very important part of our updated Communication plan, and help here would be very useful and greatly appreciated.  The ideal person would have web design experience, a little graphic art knowledge and 3-4 hours a month available to help the Club.  Please contact Alan Freeman, Communications Committee Chair at or cell (714) 390-5190 if you would like to help in this important position.



University of Chicago Los Angeles Club Goes to the Santa Anita Races 
 Sunday, February 27 | 12–3 p.m.Come spend the day at Santa Anita Park, home to Seabiscuit - winner of the famous race with War Admiral in 1938 and subject of the recent movie. We will learn about historic Santa Anita and have a handicappe ... 

Gallery KM: Exhibit and Reception 
Sunday March 13 | 2–4 p.m.Gallery KM ( Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Corner of Yale and Santa Monica) 310.828.1912 Pricing:$5/person donation at the door Gallery KM, owned by Pat Klowden, AB’67, ... more





Facebook: Indiana Alumni in Southern California

Sunday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., IU Evening at Ford Theatre

Free by Barbara Lindsay, presented by Neo Ensemble Theatre and featuring IU alumnus Ara Anton. We will meet at Ford Theater 2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90068. Admission costs $20. For more information about the play and to purchase tickets, visit:

Whale Watch – Saturday March 19th, 9:30am – 1:00pm

It’s a 3 hour tour hosted by Indiana University Los Angeles Chapter.  The tour is 10:00-1:00 and we need to be at the dock between 9:30 and 9:45 to check in. It is $10 for Big Ten Club and Indiana University Alumni - both children and adults (regularly $23). After the whale watch, we will head to Nadja's for burgers and beer if you are interested.  To reserve your spot, email Cindy Strong at no later than March 10th.  Please be sure and register so we can send you any last minute changes.

Redondo Beach Marina, 233 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (310) 372-2111

IUAA Los Angeles has a new game watch home.  Please join us at Capitol City and be sure and tell them you are with Indiana University for Happy Hour prices.  Capitol City mgr Brian Shober is expecting us.

Capitol City, 1615 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028  323-465-1750


Orange County

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Event - Feed the Children
Saturday, February 12
9AM - 3PM (Come anytime you can)

Come show your Michigan character and volunteer with fellow alumni!  We are teaming up with Foothill Unity Center and Feed the Children for a special day of food sorting and distribution.  We will be stationed at Avon Distribution Center and helping to organize and hand out food packages to needy families.  No experience necessary!  Just a kind heart and a willingness to help out.

Wear your Michigan gear and look for Robynn Leidig (UMCLA Membership Chair) or Raina (Foothill Unity Center) to let them know you are there to help out.  Hope you can join us!

Avon Distribution Center
2940 East Foothill Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91121-0001
(626) 533-5658

Detroit Red Wings vs. LA Kings Hockey
Monday, February 28  7:30pm

In 2010, the Kings won this season's first meeting with the Red Wings at Staples Center in an overtime thriller.  Now that its 2011, join us for their 2nd and last clash of the year and see who will come out on top.  The best part is that we're offering tickets at a great discount to Alumni Association members.  These events always sell out and we only have 50 seats available for this game, so please buy your tickets today!

All seats are in section 206:
AAUM Members: $50
Non-Members: $66

Tickets will be mailed to the address that you provided approximately 10 days before the game.  If you would like to purchase additional tickets as the game date approaches, simply order them online and all of your seats will be located together.  If you have questions, please contact Andy Chidester at

U-M Symphony Band @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Sunday, May 29

Its a little ways away yet, but the University of Michigan Symphony Band will be performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this upcoming May.  The performance will celebrate the culmination of the U-M Symphony Band?s May 2011 tour to mainland China.  Its presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will feature compositions by U-M faculty including William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster and Bright Sheng as well as Alumni favorites performed by the critically acclaimed Symphony Band.

Tickets can be purchased at the link below.  Please purchase tickets from the Music School instead of from the LA Phil.  The Music School has reserved most of the tickets for Alumni, and we will all be seated together.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is world-renowned for being an acoustic pleasure.  Combined with the Symphony Band, this is sure to be an amazing performance!


Los Angeles:
E Mail:

Orange County:
Contact: Aimee Bolen, (517) 230-9577,  email

Michigan State University - Orange County Game Watch Locations:

Central & Coastal Orange County - Rudy's Pub & Grill, 3110 Newport Blvd, 
Newport Beach  phone 949-723-0293 
South Orange County - Players Sports Grill, 24401 Ridge Route Dr. #B105, 
Laguna Hills   phone 949-588-5973 

North Orange County/Long Beach - Buster's Beach House, 168 N. Marina Dr., 
Long Beach  phone 562-598-9431 


Stay tuned for details on our Winter/Spring 2011 event schedule, including Long Beach wine tasting and a LA Kings hockey game.

· Long Beach Wine Tasting - late January / early February TBD

· Minnesota Wild hockey game @ LA Kings, Staples Center, Thursday, February 24, 7 pm

We look forward to seeing you soon!
The UMAA LA/OC Board
Clint, Susan, Pam, Rob & Erica

P.S. Keep up with the chapter!

Not yet a UMAA member?  You can also join or renew your membership in the University of Minnesota Alumni Association through our website.  Scroll down to the bottom of the above page and you will find links to the membership forms for new and renewing members.  Make sure to use campaign code NP4LA when you register! 



Dance Marathon Trivia Night

Date: February 23, 2011
Admission: Free!
Place: TBD
Check back soon for details!




Los Angeles:
PSU LA – South Bay

Orange County:
Psu Oc (page profile)
Penn State Alumni Association Orange County Chapter  (group)


Hillsides Annual Benefit Fundraiser

“Diamonds Are Forever”

February 26, 2011
California Club
538 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA
California Club Information: Link

The LA PSU chapter has been an avid supporter of Hillsides for 21 years, and volunteers annually for the primary fundraiser of this foster care children’s charity.  Join us from 4 to 11PM as greeters, runners and auction assistants, and help ensure the event runs smoothly.

In addition, we welcome this year’s celebrity Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Drew Pinsky.  Dr. Pinksy hosts the nationally syndicated radio talk show Loveline, as well as Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH1. Volunteers must register by February 15 to receive information on orientation, dress code, amenities and responsibilities.   Register here: Hillsides Volunteer Registration

To view photos of last year's event: Hillsides Fundraiser 2010

For information on Hillsides: Hillsides Children Charity

For information on the event: Diamonds Are Forever 2011


Please patronize the establishments all year that support Penn State during football season!!

Hermosa Beach
Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ
20 Pier Avenue
Facebook:  Penn State South Bay & Los Angeles HQ Silvios BBQ

Chelsea Pub & Grill @ The Underground
1334 Hermosa Avenue


Manhattan Beach
Pockets Sports Bar (The Sky Lounge upstairs)
516 N Sepulveda Blvd
(310) 372-4343

Santa Monica
318 Santa Monica Blvd
(310) 458-5350

West Hollywood
Barney's Beanery
8447 Santa Monica Blvd
(323) 654-2287


Our mission is to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valued services and benefits to members, and support the University's mission of teaching, research and service.  Members receive discounts & exclusive offers, newsletters, access to online alumni networking information, special advance invitations, and a unique connection to the Penn State Family of Alums throughout the Los Angeles area.

Visit this website to register. The LA Chapter receives $50.00 for every life member who joins the National Alumni Association.  Please include the Chapter code 'ALF' as the reference code when you sign up for membership.  For more info:


Academy Awards Party
February 22, 2011
TBD (RSVP Required)


Viewing location TBD and provided on receipt of event payment.  $10 Members/$12 Non-Members & Guests.  Contact Camille Mesite (949) 307-5537 or

“State” Patrick’s Day
March 11, 2011
Time TBD
Silky Sullivan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub
10201 Slater Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 

Check the website (“Events”) in the coming weeks for times.

PSU vs. LBSU Men’s Volleyball
March 12, 2011

Long Beach State University
The Walter Pyramid
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Join the OC Chapter to cheerlead the PSU Men’s volleyball team on March 12 at LBSU!  Don’t miss out on this $6.00 special group rate that will surely sell out!  For information or to reserve your tickets, go to PSU LA Men's Volleyball or  For more information: Brian Snyder, Sports Chair, (714) 893-1936 or Last day to send checks is Feb. 20. Tickets will be at a pre-game Happy Hour TBA or at Will Call 15 minutes prior to game time.

Please patronize the establishments all year that support Penn State during football season!!

O.C. Sports Grill
450 North State College Boulevard (really!)
Orange, CA


Chapter membership is annual from July 1 to June 30 but new members are welcome any time! Dues are $20/individual and $30/couple, and support chapter administration, events and the Endowed Scholarship Fund.  Please check the website for updated dues information and the 2010-11 Membership Application.

Board meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month at HDR Engineering Office, 3230 El Camino Real, Suite 200 in Irvine.  Meetings are open to all members. For further information or to RSVP, contact Andy Dale,, (717) 512-9597 prior to each meeting date.  (The next meeting is scheduled for February 22, 2011.) 




 Twitter: @labadgers 
 Contact: Rob Webb, 858-722-4574, 


Feb 20th - Big Ten Friends Comedy Show - Improv 10pm
Big Ten Alumni are performing standup comedy - 50% off with code "BIGTEN"

With so many great events, we need volunteers to help run them. If you're interested, please email or attend our next Q1 Leadership Team Meeting on February 15th

For folks who like an extra reminder, LA Badgers send an evite about a week prior to most events. All the information contained in the evite is on the website. Please email Robert at if would like to be added to the distribution list.


Beer & Bowling
Set for Saturday, February 26th (6:00) at Tustin Lanes ($20 if pay by 2/22).  Can't make it until later?  Join fellow Badgers and other Big Ten at the Tustin Brewing Company.




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